Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Very Special Reserve
Stated Age
36 years old
Sherry Casks
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
01 Feb 2010 8:47 am

Average value

€ 1449.55

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Whisky Reviews for Knappogue Castle 1951

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.44 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Cross tasting with Knappogue Castle 1950 (cask 1). Used to be cited as the oldest and rarest Irish whiskey available. That was definitely true at the time this whiskey was bottled in 1987. Since then Cadenhead managed to bottle (in 1991) even older (cask strength) versions of 1948 and 1949 of the old Tullamore Distillery. I was priviliged to taste some of them. They are all superb! 
    • Nose
      Beautiful nose with lots of tropical fruit; mango, lychee, ripe pear and papaya. But also dried coconut, mandarins and apricot marmelade. Touch of aniseed and cinnamon. Some overripe bananas at the background. Later on hints of old cigar boxes and shoe polish. Waxed furniture as well. It noses lovely! Reminds me of old Demerara rum.
    • Taste
      Creamy vanilla mouthfeel at first. Sandal wood intermingled with apricots and grapefruit bitterness. Cinnamon and brown sugar. Wheat bread, but also a faint of cough syrup. The old pot still characteristics of heavy oiliness and robust spiciness are now clearly present. At the same time this Knappogue Castle 1951 is much more round and sweet as its (rarer and lesser known) 1950 version.
    • Finish
      Quite long and chewy. Gingery. Liquorice. A litte menthol at the end. Bold and heavy but well balanced.

  2. CherryHeart scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Smell Nose: It evokes the memories of robin and Blair Athol. The soft and warm banana flavor is the main thing. In addition, cinnamon, ink and wax oil have a very good thickness.

    Taste Palate: Cinnamon, cardamom, rhubarb stewed spice Chinese herbal soup, the coolness of melon skin, caramel and the bitter taste neutralized by the two are still long, with some persuasion that can cure the disease.

    After rhythm Finish: shorter, with obvious signs of hydration, cinnamon, rhubarb, melon peel and conspicuous ashes.

    Body: Medium-bodied body, soft to almost weak, the impact of barreling is considered to be a passing mild, surprisingly spicy at 40 degrees.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Truly a beautiful and fragrant nose with floral, grassy, herbal and pepper scents.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Body not so much, vanilla, oak, pepper, basil and fennel seeds.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Its long and thick. Oily too. Heavy but soft at the same time.

  4. jjkmlss scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Banana, mint, Kamquat, papaya, cinnamon, tobacco, with diesel, cardboard smells.

    Palate: Rather pale compared to 1950s Comber/Bow Street, papaya, orange, dried apricot, caramel! Tobacco and all sorts of spices from India.

    Body: Scattered in esters, light body with rather sorrow alcohol integration. The Vodka-like body shows fact that most of these products were distilled to 80%+ abc back then. Good balance between the weakened Sherry and pot still spices though.

    Finish: Medium to short, herbs, bitters, papaya and aged peach jam, if such thing exists.

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    Little weakish but no surprise with this age and long bottle time
    • Nose
      91 91
      Green banana, vanilla, tropical fruits, mango, papaya, almonds - very good!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Little punchy, little sweetness, little fruitiness, little leafy, little citrusy, orange juice, little vanilla
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium short, warm, grapefruit, little herbal, a tad bitter

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Still very fresh, very tropical and subtle, very irish, really nice

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Simply delicious. 
    • Nose
      Such a great nose... Diesel, sewing machine oil, aniseed, an old windmill that mills barley, eucalyptus oil, overripe banana, papaya and sandal wood. 
    • Taste
      Quite powerful for such low strength, and an oily texture. The oils and aniseed seem to mix and match, and go well together with the fruit, wood and warming spice (pepper).
    • Finish
      Not the longest, but delicious. Stewed peach, banana and melon, ginger, oak, and a complete workshop. 

  8. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Big irish Whiskey, the oldest vintage I've ever tasted. It was a great experience.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Deep. Fruits: banana, apricot, pear and mango. Varnished wood, citruses, honey and tobacco.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy. Vanilla, grapefruit, fruit salad and cinnamon. Pepper and honey, butter.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, spicy. Vanilla, mint and ginger.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Only 40%, imagine this at 50% the mind boggles.

    History and art in a bottle, excellent.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Yeah, this ones on the money, a pleasure to try this one.
    • Nose
      Now that is  stewed fruit salad mixed with a little wood varnish (that I like), fresh warm pastry and double clotted cream.

      Mango, peaches in syrup, figs and yellow plum.

      Pf note is that for only 40% the nose is quite powerful which bodes well for the palate.
    • Taste
      Nice mouthfeel, the fruit is everywhere but there is also some cookie dough in the mix, warm bread, a little melted butter.

      The fruit grows, its just a massive fruit salad, everything the nose suggested is here.

      There are also a few peat notes.
    • Finish
      Good medium length and remaining sweet with hints of vanilla custard in the mix.


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